My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard – Getting Back To Nature
In the 1980s, Japanese researchers began to explore the health benefits of walking slowly through the woods, breathing deeply and taking in what nature has to offer. They called this art “Shinrin-Yoku” or “forest bathing”.
Living in the city means that my opportunities to participate in traditional forest bathing are more limited than some but getting back to nature on a semi-regular basis is a priority for me. Enter the annual camping trip.
Camping is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle and provide yourself with a healthy dose of Shinrin-Yoku. Creating the perfect situation for you to relax and rejuvenate yourself in nature’s spa takes some thoughtful preparation and for me that comes in the shape of a can.
Cans are a must when camping as bottles are too heavy and fragile. Once you are done with a can you can crush it making it easier to carry back to civilization.
Other than being confined to cans, it really is open season on beer styles and what you bring. You are going to want something light and refreshing for that “It’s noon somewhere” beer but you are also going to want something to help keep you warm around the campfire at night.
Also, a little pro-tip that I employ when camping is to bring a mesh bag to put my beers in.
Place the cans in the bag and then toss it in the lake to keep them cold. I imagine it’s the same way the pioneers kept their beer cold too.
IT’S NOON SOMEWHERE Mill Street Lemon Tea (Mill Street Brewing) I rediscovered this little-known gem in the spring with some friends who had never had the beer and they loved it. This wheat beer has hints of lemon along with Orange Pekoe and Earl Grey which make it very refreshing and the perfect “noonish” beer.
THE SPORTSMAN Blue Buck (Phillips Brewing) This iconic flagship beer from BC hit shelves here in Ontario just in time for summer. This English pale ale has a malty backbone with less hop presence than some of its other west coast brethren making it a great session beer. Legend has it that if you see the Blue Buck, fortune will smile upon you.
BUILDING THE FIRE Sultana Gold (Lake of the Woods Brewing Co.) The ubiquitous campfire that always needs tending; it helps cook our food and provides the backdrop to many stories.
This important job requires a beer that is equal parts thirst quenching and soul filling. This beer from Kenora is quite literally born in the wilderness so it feels right at home in your hand around the fire.
EVENING “COFFEE” Red Rocket Spiced Coffee Stout (Sawdust City Brewing) The sun is setting and the temperature is dropping and you need something to keep you warm.
This beer acts as your after-dinner coffee as well as desert with a hint of cayenne pepper that keeps building as you drink. It won’t be for everyone but that just leaves more for you.